Sprint cellular service is affected throughout the area. If you receive a busy signal when you call 9-1-1, you should attempt to text to 9-1-1, use a landline phone or use a cellphone covered by another provider.
Posted at 9:35 a.m.
Fairfax County and surrounding areas are under a flood watch issued by the National Weather Service through this evening. A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.
The time for the greatest threat of flooding will be from this afternoon through tonight.
Rain, mainly before 2 p.m. with a high temperature near 48. Southeast wind 13 to 17 mph becoming west in the afternoon; winds could gust as high as 24 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent with precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Because normal drainage areas may be blocked by snow and ice, coupled with today’s rain and melting snow as temperatures rise above freezing, small streams and tributaries may overflow their banks.
Here’s two important safety reminders:
- Never drive through flooded roadways. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
- Keep children away from creeks and their potentially rapidly rising waters.
Continue to monitor weather forecasts throughout the day and be alert for possible flood warnings. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Clear Storm Drains
Blocked stormdrains prevent the flow of rain and melting snow from reaching streams and stormwater detention ponds. The water then backs up into streets and yards and may flood basements. Blocked stormdrains also may damage residential and commercial property and cause traffic delays.
Keep the openings of storm drains clear of snow and debris to help alleviate potential flooding and to protect the environment. At no time, however, should you attempt to enter a storm drain to remove debris.
Property owners are responsible for driveway culverts and bridges that are part of the driveway structure and are not public storm drainage system structures. Storm drains outside rights-of-way and easements are privately maintained by the property owner.
To report a blocked storm drain, call Fairfax County Stormwater Management, 703-877-2800, TTY 711, or the Virginia Department of Transportation at 703-383-8368, TTY 711.
Posted at 9:40 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Fairfax County and surrounding areas for snow and freezing rain, in effect until 4 a.m. tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Feb. 16.
A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring, making travel very hazardous or impossible. Strong winds are also possible.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain are predicted with snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches along with around a tenth of an inch of ice. The snow will change to sleet and freezing rain this afternoon and all freezing rain this evening. Precipitation will gradually change to rain late tonight.
The snow and ice will cause slippery roads and travel will be difficult.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have been working throughout the night to plow and treat roads. Snow and ice removal operations will continue as long as conditions exist.
VDOT asks that motorists delay travel as slick conditions could develop quickly, even on treated roads.
- If you are driving, allow extra time to reach your destination, lower speed and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
- Watch out for black ice, especially near bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded areas.
- Slow down and allow slow-moving equipment crews, such as snow plow operators, the right of way.
Get more on the forecast.
Fairfax County Government offices are closed today, Monday, Feb. 15 for the George Washington’s Day (Presidents Day) holiday. However, some facilities are open and schedules vary. For specific schedule information visit our holiday schedule Web page.
Fairfax County Government, Courts Open With Unscheduled Leave for County Employees Wednesday, Jan. 27; Schools Closed
- Fairfax County Government offices are open Wednesday, Jan. 27, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
- Fairfax County Public Schools are closed Wednesday, Jan. 27. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.
- The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are open Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Due to the historic snow fall government facilities will have limited parking and some restricted travel lanes. Also, due to refreezing some walkways may be hazardous. Please be cautious and patient as we work to get back to normal.
Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers
- If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
- For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
- The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, www.restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.
Transportation: Connector, Fastran
- Fairfax Connector bus service may be affected by the inclement weather. Check the Connector Web page at www.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.
- For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, TTY 711, or online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fastran.htm.
- Library hours may be affected; call your local branch before visiting. For branch phone numbers, call 703-324-3100 or go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.
- View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar/ShowCalendar.aspx for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s website (www.fairfaxcounty.gov), Emergency Information Blog (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog), Facebook (www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty), Twitter (www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty), Fairfax Alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts or by calling the Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline at 703-817-7771, TTY 711. Fairfax County Government Radio (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/radio) will also announce county government closings.Winter weather preparedness information can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/winter.
Posted 8:25 p.m.
Government, Courts and Schools
- Fairfax County Government offices/facilities will be CLOSED on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Employees are granted emergency administrative leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled. Emergency services such as public safety will be available.
- The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will be CLOSED Jan. 26
- Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 26.Fairfax County experienced a historic snow storm. The county is geographically diverse, and while roads are clear in parts of the county, some areas, especially the northern and western edges, are still experiencing significant problems. Employee safety is a priority and closing Tuesday will enable VDOT and homeowner associations to clear the remainder of the roads so everyone can get to work safely.
- Fairfax Connector bus service for Tuesday, Jan. 26 is limited service Sunday schedule. Check the Connector Web page at www.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.
- The county has suspended the requirement for trash and recycling collection for the week of Jan. 25-30 for all collection companies operating in the county. However, collection may resume before Jan. 30; it will depend on road conditions and your provider’s decision.
- Snow Update Hub: Check out this page for continuous updates from key sources such as the county, VDOT and many more.
- This Emergency Information Blog, which will feature status updates, safety tips and more.
- Follow us directly on Twitter at @fairfaxcounty
- If you’re on Facebook, we’ll post key updates on our page.
- Fairfax Alerts for important updates by email or text.
- View the public meetings calendar for any potential cancellations in the coming week of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions
- More ways to stay informed